Chief Executive of Eritrea

The Chief Executive of Eritrea was the premier position of the autonomous Eritrea within the Ethiopian Empire. It was first held by Tedla Bairu while its last occupant was Asfaha Woldemikael.

Chief Executive of Eritrea
Emblem of Eritrea 1952-1962.svg
Coat of arms of Eritrea during the Federation with Ethiopia
Formation15 September 1952
First holderTedla Bairu
Final holderAsfaha Woldemikael
Abolished20 May 1960

On 20 May 1960 the post was dissolved and replaced by the "Chief Administrator of Eritrea", which was appointed by the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I. This in effect dissolved the independent Federal structure and was a prelude to the official, possibly illegal,[1] annexation of Eritrea as a province of Ethiopia on 14 November 1962.

List of Chief Executives of Eritrea (1952–1960)Edit

# Name Notes Assumed office Left office
1 Tedla Bairu 15 September 1952 29 July 1955
2 Araya Wassie Acting 29 July 1955 8 August 1955
3 Asfaha Woldemikael Continued as "Chief Administrator" until 14 November 1962 8 August 1955 20 May 1960


  1. ^ "Case Study". Retrieved 2007-01-09.